On course to being a master chef

A teenage cook sensation from Bournemouth is on course to be a top chef after scooping a top prize in a culinary competition. Oak Academy’s Kian Johnson has been crowned the Bournemouth and Poole winner of the Young Rotary Chef competition – going one better than his runner-up spot last year. And the 14 year-old so impressed judges that he … Read More

Science lesson is out of this world

Youngsters from a Bournemouth primary school were given an out of this world experience when they were treated to a science lesson with a big difference. Year One children from Avonwood Primary had a virtual tour of Space when a magical dome landed in their school hall. The Space Dome is a huge virtual learning tool provided to schools by … Read More

Hitting the high notes

Talented students from a New Forest school wowed packed audiences with their sell-out production of High School Musical. More than 70 students from The Arnewood School in New Milton performed in the mammoth production, which was held across three nights and has been in the planning since June last year. Starring Year 11’s James Hilton-Foster and year 12’s Daisy Sheppard, … Read More

Hair today – gone tomorrow

When Emma Denton was just five years-old she took the selfless decision to cut off her long auburn hair so another little girl in need could have a real wig. It’s taken nearly two years for her hair to grow back to its original length but rather than enjoy her long locks the generous Merley First School pupil has decided … Read More

Celebrating schools is well worth investing in

  By Rachel Read   In cash strapped times it can seem absurd that publicly funded bodies plough any kind of money into ‘PR.’ It’s that dreaded term, ‘PR,’ which comes with it connotations of spin and fluffy marketing and therefore a huge waste of money. But how about when you run a large organisation with not only hundreds of … Read More

Ancient Greece day inspires children to learn

Olympian efforts were made by one east Dorset school when it came to inspiring children to learn about ancient Greece. For one day only Year 5 students at Allenbourn Middle School in Wimborne ditched their school uniform for tunics, sandals and laurel wreaths as they turned the clock back by more than 2,000 years. The day was organised to help … Read More

LeAF Studio is one of the best

Bournemouth’s only secondary school for talented sports and stage stars is officially one of the best academic performing Studio schools in the country. LeAF Studio, which provides state education and free specialist coaching, recorded the joint second best GCSE results of all Studio schools in England. Studio schools are secondary schools that provide a broad curriculum in academic subjects alongside … Read More

Building block for success

The New Year got off to a fantastic start for one Bournemouth secondary school with the opening of a new maths block. Oak Academy now has a dedicated building in which to nurture the mathematical skills of its students. The two-floor building has eight classrooms, study areas and new equipment, including laptops for its sixth form students. Principal, Richard Burgas, … Read More